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Two Peas and Their Pod: Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

I love baking all year long, but holiday baking is my favorite! It gives me an excuse to make massive amounts of treats to share with friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, anyone and everyone! And I am even more excited this year because my handsome husband gets to help! Yahoo!!

I go into mad baking mode. I turn on the holiday tunes and spend hours and hours in the kitchen. I can really belt out "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree." :) It is so much fun!! And when the baking is com
plete, I get to package my goodies in cute bags, boxes, and tins with festive colors and ribbons!! Oh, I am getting excited already!!

This year my baking "to do" list is still not completely finalized. I keep changing my mind on what I want to bake and give out.
There are too many great recipes out there. I do have my standards that I will be doing, but I am going to add in some new treats this year.

I recently tried a new cookie recipe and it might make the holiday list. I made Cranberry Orange Oatmeal cookies and they are so good and so festive

To bring out the orange flavor, I soaked the dried cranberries in orange juice for ten minutes and then drained them. I also added in orange zest. The flavor was amazing! I love cranberry and orange together. The oats made the cookies nice and chewy.
..and they stayed soft, my favorite kind of cookie!!

I know the holidays are meant for splurging, but these cookies are actual
ly healthy!! There is so much flavor going on you won't be able to tell though!I will love these!! And if you live close, beware, you might be receiving these in the near future:)

I am submitting these to Susan at Food Blogga, who has started a collection of Christmas cookies. Be sure to go to this site for lots of great holiday recipes!!

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
½ cup chunky-style applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of one orange
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cranberries
½ cup orange juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put the dried cranberries in a small bowl. Pour orange juice over the berries and soak for ten minutes.
  2. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until combined. Add egg, applesauce, vanilla, and orange zest, mix until well blended, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Drain the orange juice from the cranberries and mix them into the dough.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or Silpats, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until golden and just set, about 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool them completely.

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Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

great cookies!!! my favorite oatmeal plus in season's cranberry!
Do you give away your cookies to your friends? how would you wrap it as gift?
I'm thinking baking cookies as holiday gifts as well.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Those cookies look great. I agree, cranberry and orange make a great combination. Have fun with all your holiday baking!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Oh, how I WISH that I lived closer to you so that I could possibly be one of the lucky recipients of your cookies! Cranberry and orange is one of my favorite flavor combos! These look delicious, and I love that they are healthy, too! Oh, and I didn't realize that you are newlyweds! I know that this Christmas will be extra special and fun -- I still can remember our first married Christmas together, decorating our first tree, etc. Great memories!

7:08 AM  
Blogger kat said...

I love cranberries in oatmeal cookies but never thought to add orange, great idea!

7:16 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Good idea soaking the cranberries in the orange juice. I agree they are festive and I bet the taste as amazing as they look!

7:19 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

Yum, those cookies look fantastic!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

I love how you get into mad baking mode shouting out Xmas tunes!!!!! These look great!

7:26 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

mmm... the cranberry made it more festive... :)

7:27 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

These look and sound absolutely delicious. I want to grab one>

8:02 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Looks like a great cookie to submit!

8:04 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

What a delicious combination of flavors and textures!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Yum. I love cranberry and orange together - they compliment each other so well. Great recipe.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Such a classic combo! Well done :) I must confess I love holiday baking too, but it's kinda selfish-- I feel better about myself spreading the calories around :D

8:49 AM  
Blogger Katy said...

oh awesome -- oatmeal cookies are so great (and even a little bit healthy)!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

I love all of the flavors going on here - I will have to try these!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Susan from Food Blogga said...

My mom taught me that trick about soaking the cranberries in oj. It really punches up the flavor, doesn't it? These oatmeal cookies sounds amazing, and they're a delightful addition to Eat Christmas Cookies! Thanks!

9:27 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...


9:51 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

Those cookies sound fabulous! What a great holiday twist on already-yummy oatmeal cookies.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Brilee said...

What a wonderful combination and perfect for the holiday season. I can't wait to give them a try.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Wow, these sound just delicious. I too love cranberry & orange flavors together! I'm sure you'll have very happy neighbors this year :)

10:43 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

YUM! Bookmarking this recipe!

10:47 AM  
Blogger anudivya said...

Love the fact that you made it with just a 1/4 cup of butter... looks awesome!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Aggie said...

I love Oatmeal cookies ... these sound so good with the orange and cranberry! I love your header!

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now these are more my style than the ones I made. Look great.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Yum to the cookies and cute wedding photo of you and the husband!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I love love love the new photo of you and your hubby! Beautiful couple!
And the cookies arent too bad either!!! Love the OJ soaked cranberries!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

I have a cranberry orange bread in the oven right now!!!
I know, I know, it's supposed to be salad week at my house!

12:34 PM  
Blogger Suburban Monkey said...

Looooove the new pic on the blog, you are gorgeous! We are in the same zone. I just made these but with dried cherries and added chocolate chips!

1:39 PM  
Blogger Usha said...

I love the combination of orange and cranberry too and your cookies look awesome...and healthy too !

2:23 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Sounds like we would make good kitchen buddies- I love holiday baking the most too. These cookies sound amazing- I love cranberries and orange.

4:08 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

I love oatmeal cookies - these look wonderful!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

These sound wonderful. I love cranberry and orange together too!
They are similar to an Oatmeal Cranberry Orange Biscotti that I make every holiday. I like your chewy version... I will have to try them!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Lisa magicsprinkles said...

LOVE the blog refresh! The new design is so sweet - and yes I DID notice your little ladybugs on the tablecloth. Cranberry and orange is so nice together and I'll take a batch any way I can get them. :)

6:30 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

wow -those are some great looking cookies you made there. And love the flavor combinations! This will be a great Christmas for you both! I hope you have a lifetime full of wonderful Decembers!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

These sound very very good, I love it that there's cranberry and orange in them!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Yum! I wish I could have one of your cookies.

9:31 PM  
Blogger eatme_delicious said...

I can't wait to start on my holiday baking too! Still trying to figure out how to package up the cookies though. Anyway these look delicious! I can imagine the addition of orange is yummy.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

These look so good! The list of recipes I want to make from your blog just gets longer... :)

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love holiday baking too! I've been having a great time already. I love your wedding picture on your blog. It's so pretty! Your cookies look great. I'll have to try this recipe.

2:58 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

Yay for the start of holiday baking! I've already got my ipod loaded with fun Christmas songs!

3:24 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

You're so cute! I love how excited you get!

3:31 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Those are about the most perfect cookies I've ever seen.

3:46 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

They look wonderful. These cookies rock!

4:44 AM  
Blogger grace said...

i love to "sing" certain christmas songs, too, as long as no one's around. i'm not sure what i do can legitimately be called singing. :)
meanwhile, awesome cookies. cranberry and orange simply belong together. :)

6:26 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those cookies look mighty good! I love cranberries...

Great banner, by the way!



6:59 AM  
Blogger Cakebrain said...

good-looking cookies...these would make great christmas gifts!

10:59 AM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

The whole time I'm reading this I'm thinking "GET OUTTA MY HEAD!!" For the past few weeks, I've been cranking the Christmas music up LOUD while I bake. My mom and I do Christmas cookies every year. This year I really wanna try out some new cookies along with the old stand-bys that people expect from us (our meticulously decorated sugar cookies especially!). Today I tried out a recipe for Dorie Greenspan's "World Peace" Cookies. I'll post the recipe soon. I still have the Christmas music playing! :D

1:40 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

THese look great and perfect for the season. I'm baking like crazy for Christmas and really need to stop myself. I have several different kinds in the freezer and I know that I want to bake at least 5 more different ones. Like you, I keep changing my mind! The cookies are going to be stacked mighty high on the trays this Christmas. :o)

5:57 PM  
Blogger Cakelaw said...

These cookies are just gorgeous - the cranberries are like little jewels.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Vera said...

These look yummy, Maria! There's something so special about Christmas baking! I love it and always do it!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Gorgeous cookies and so festive with the cranberies.

Rosie x

6:31 AM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

Anything with cranberry is a hit with me and these sound and look very Christmassy.


6:42 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Cranberries and orange go so well together, I can imagine how good these are!

3:22 PM  
Blogger test it comm said...

Those cookies look so good! I have been wanting to try making some oatmeal cookies and using cranberries is a good idea.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

this is very similar to a recipe i tried from annie's eats that is on my blog...the cranberries are soaked in the eggs to plump up but i like your idea of using OJ instead. these are some of my favorite cookies - try them with white chocolate chips, it's so good!

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I love this recipe! I think I like it better than mine. I will give it a try. Thank you for stopping by and visiting. I love finding your blog! I'll be back!

12:54 PM  

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